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Myth: Nobody Wins the Lottery.

Fact: The California Lottery pays out tens of millions of dollars in prizes every week. 


In California, if you play and win, your name is public record. We’re taking the mystery out of winning because more and more people are willing to tell their stories, and others are still allowing us to take their memorable and eventful photos.

Why is this important? Seeing real Californians holding that oversized check sends a clear signal: people are winning every day! We also like to showcase our winners because it helps illustrate that we maintain the highest level of integrity in our games, thereby insuring public confidence in the Lottery. Regardless of whether it’s $100 or $100,000, winning happens all the time here at the California Lottery. Say hello to some of the “lucky ones” below!

May, 2010

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May 20, 2010

Bay Area Sisters Claim $20 Million SuperLotto Plus® Jackpot

SACRAMENTO – Nearly three and a half months after their ticket matched all six numbers in the SuperLotto Plus draw, two sisters emerged this afternoon to claim their $20 million prize. The sisters, who asked to remain anonym... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

May 20, 2010

California Lottery Sales Up Five Percent Boost Attributed to New Business Plan and New Legislation

SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery today announced projected sales figures for fiscal year 2009/2010 that show revenues up nearly five percent over last fiscal year, which means that schools could be getting up to $55 million more than last year... Read more »

Supporting Education

May 17, 2010

Redwood City Lottery Ticket Worth $187k Remains Unclaimed

SACRAMENTO – It’s been three months since a winning Fantasy 5 ticket was hit in Redwood City and Lottery officials are still waiting for the owner or owners of that ticket to come forward. The prize is worth $187,484. The ti... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

May 15, 2010

Lots of Big Winners on This Week’s “Make Me a Millionaire”

SACRAMENTO – On this week’s "Make Me a Millionaire," 12 lucky contestants were awarded a total of $190,500 in cash and prizes. Starting off this week’s show were Janet Morales of Tustin and Julio Espinal of Inglewoo... Read more »

Winners Stories

May 13, 2010

San Jose Man Claims $2,000,000 “Extravaganza” Scratchers® Prize

SACRAMENTO – A San Jose man who went out to buy his normal allotment of Scratchers tickets ended up with anything but a normal prize. His $5 ticket turned out to be one of the lucky 15 that are worth a cool $2 million. The m... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

May 12, 2010

Anderson Couple Credits Goat for $2,000,000 “Extravaganza” Scratchers® Prize

SACRAMENTO – An Anderson couple who claimed a $2 million Scratchers prize yesterday attributed their good fortune to a pet goat named “Bucky” and now they plan to reward that goat and other animals by using part of their winnings to improve their... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

May 12, 2010

Winner Claims $266 Million MEGA Millions® Jackpot KNBC Employee Requests Exclusive with Husband, Gets Denied

SACRAMENTO – California Lottery officials announced the winner of the $266 million MEGA Millions jackpot claimed their ticket today. Gilbert and Jackie Cisneros have been household names since winning the record-breaking jackpot on May 4th.... Read more »

Winners Stories

May 11, 2010


WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Lottery Headquarter... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

May 10, 2010

Lottery Investigators Crack Down on Illegal Underground Lottery Scheme

SACRAMENTO – Lottery investigators, working with the San Pablo Police Department, the state Department of Justice and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, have executed a search warrant at four retail stores in San Pablo to gather eviden... Read more »

Consumer Protection

May 8, 2010

Northern Californian Becomes Multi-Millionaire on This Week’s “Make Me a Millionaire”

SACRAMENTO – On this week’s "Make Me a Millionaire," 12 lucky contestants were awarded a total of $3,325,000 in cash and prizes. The big winner on this week’s show was Edison Javier, an IT professional from Vallejo,... Read more »

Winners Stories

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